Rom Kosla is the Executive Vice President of Information Technology (IT) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Retail Business Services, the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA. Serving a portfolio of five East Coast grocery brands, including Food Lion, The GIANT Company, Giant Food, Hannaford and Stop & Shop, Retail Business Services leverages scale to drive synergies and provides innovative solutions, as well as industry-leading expertise, insights and analytics to local brands to support their strategies. Kosla oversees all aspects of IT for the U.S. businesses, with a specific focus on delivering common systems and innovation that create digitally enabled experiences and support the omnichannel ambitions of Ahold Delhaize USA's local brands.
With more than 25 years of global IT experience – from development and applications to infrastructure and e-commerce – Kosla joined Retail Business Services from PepsiCo, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President and CIO of Corporate and Enterprise Solutions. In this position, Kosla was responsible for all enterprise-wide applications, digital sales and mobile solutions platforms, as well as application security and enterprise-wide development and operations globally. In his 14 years with PepsiCo, he was instrumental in its SAP journey, including managing multiple platforms across different parts of the business. Prior to joining PepsiCo, he had more than 12 years of experience in IT at both Nestle and Deloitte.
Kosla has an MBA from the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Cleveland State University in Ohio. His work philosophy is to "maintain the highest integrity in everything you do."
Kosla is based in Boston, where he lives with wife, Jennifer, their daughter, Emma, and their son, Alex. Outside work, he enjoys spending time with family, focusing on health and fitness, and traveling. He was born in the Philippines and has lived in five different countries.